Passionate about Food Justice? Interested in working with a team of diverse and inspiring food system change agents? Use your Summer to make a difference! Join the Connecticut Food Justice VISTA Project.
The Connecticut Food Justice VISTA Project is seeking 10 AmeriCorps VISTA-Volunteers in Service to America- Summer Associate members for Summer 2016 year to fight poverty through capacity building Summer Meals at a local level in Connecticut.
The CT Food Justice VISTA project is a platform for partnership between UConn Extension and some of the most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations in low-income communities in Connecticut. The CT Food Justice VISTA Project seeks to build the capacity of high-impact organizations focused on community food security and food justice. With year-round VISTA Member support, project host sites commit to empowering youth and other under-represented populations to have meaningful input on food-related programs and services. Summer is a critical time for children's academic and physical well-being. During the summer children are at a higher risk of both obesity and hunger. The federal summer meal program, called the Summer Food Services Program (SFSP), provides free summer meals for kids and can become an important source of nutritious food for children and youth during this time. Offering free, nutritious meals also provides an incentive for children to participate in summer enrichment programs, which means that children are not only well-fed, but in a safe environment engaged in academic and recreational activities. During the summer of 2016, the CT Food Justice VISTA Project will recruit and place 10 VISTA Summer Associates to serve at sites serving federally funded summer meals to school-aged children in locations throughout Connecticut
The VISTA Summer Associates will develop and distribute Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) educational and promotional materials, and assist in volunteer management. The Associates will identify best locations and times for distributing promotional materials. The Associates will research participating neighborhoods to determine underserved/unaware populations. The Associates will create and distribute culturally-appropriate educational materials at grocery stores/bodegas, farmers' markets, community kitchen sites, communities of faith, etc. The Associates will work with community partners and attend community events to share information and answer questions about Summer Food, as well as other nutrition programs. The Associates may create and implement enrichment activities at SFSP sites. In some cases, the Associates may help with recipe development.
VISTA Summer Associate Service Sites
- GROW Windham – Willimantic, CT
- FRESH New London – New London, CT
- Ledge Light Health District – New London, CT
- Community Renewal Team – Hartford, CT
- TEEG – North Grosvenor Dale, CT
- End Hunger CT! – Hartford, CT
- New Haven Public Schools – New Haven, CT
VISTA members serve full-time for 10 weeks at host site organizations to build capacity. VISTAS receive a living stipend. In addition to the living stipend, VISTA members are eligible for a $1,222 education award upon successful completion of service. VISTA members also receive on-going professional development and training as well as continuous support.
24 Hyde Ave.
Vernon, CT, US
Duration:Less than 3 months
Time commitment:Full time (30-40 hours/week)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons
Days of week:Weekdays
Extra details:Stipend provided